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Why Bowie Mattered to the Hair Industry.

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The dust has now settled since we found out about the surprise death of David Bowie, which left everyone reflecting on a career that spanned five decades. Bowie mattered to a lot of people but just how was he relevant specifically to the hairdressing world? (And no, not just because he was a founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men. True story, see Youtube)

Hairdressing and fashion are two horns of the same goat and you need a goat. Bowie was the cultural goat so to speak that stormed in via the medium of music and became both literally and metaphorically, music to the ears of a generation of misfits, then and since.

In an industry always on the cusp of fashion that employs people of all sexualities, hairdressers are by their nature, a creative breed. Hairdressing is about transformations, evolving looks and trying new looks. It’s about making people feel a certain way to empower them to believe they can do anything. Whether they want to look good while they run a multinational corporation or do the school run.

Bowie didn’t faff about, it wasn’t a gentle introduction, he appeared in the mainstream like many artists on Top of The Pops, but in a way that hadn’t been done before.  He took the nations attention by the scruff of the neck. It was like an atomic bomb went off in popular culture, from day 1 with that Starman performance in 1972. The boy from Brixton blew up the way we think about image and androgynous boundaries forever.

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What happened was the genesis of how we structure our views on the unusual and how we search for the substance beneath regardless of the aesthetic. Now we see someone different and think ‘They look interesting!’ instead of ‘who’s that weirdo? Different is now ‘cool’. ‘He’s a bit Bowie” is now a positive byword for an alternative look.

Bowie was an architect in a radical shift in public consciousness and making weird and alternative socially acceptable. A barrier that no longer exists was moved. There’s very little a musician can do now to shock us, to make us think outside the box in the way that he started to.

Whatever you remember him as, The thin white Duke, Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Zane or Starman, everyone’s been exposed to the shift he caused. He gave a 24ct gold master class in it being ok to stand out from the crowd.

To understand the difference he made to the cultural landscape that we are all now accustomed to its hard to look around now and see what it could’ve been, you have to look before Bowie.

We were not university educated in the numbers we are now. (We have four times higher the number of students now than in the 70’s) We were a blue color nation. We were a much more macho society and there was no such thing as metrosexual. Homosexuality had only just been decriminalized 5 years before he appeared on BBC1 with Starman and no one knew if he was a man or a woman, straight or gay, talented or a joke. His ambiguity left him impossible to pigeonhole. He got flack, a lot of flack, but history would prove that again pioneers take all the arrows. This was showcased perfectly in 2013 when the V&A did their sold out retrospective exhibition ‘David Bowie is’.

In the 70’s, people were not bombarded with music stations, or the internet like the way we are today in a Kardashian led world of celebrity via social media that’s fed almost intravenously into our psyche. It was way much more a case of quality over quantity, this left people wanting more. It could be another week at least before anyone would see him again on television. You had to buy his music, or listen intently to the radio in the hope that one of his songs were played, you had to dare I say it; buy a magazine (gasp!).

It is almost impossible today to think of any of the world’s key influencers of fashion and hairdressing who were not directly influenced by David Bowie. Everyone from Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane, Jean Paul Gautier, to Madonna to Lady Gaga to Noel Gallagher to Mark Ronson, Kate Moss to Kate Bush, every time they reference David Bowie, and of course all they influences over 50 years has trickled down to hairdressing.

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There maybe musicians out there that have created better songs, there may still be musicians to come that will make better songs, but there is no other musician that can come and make an impact and move social barriers by radicalizing the way people think about appearances and sexuality. He made people feel something, he made them feel accepted. Teenagers who didn’t feel like they fitted in now had permission to be unique and different. Nearly every empowered misfit today stands on the shoulders of David Bowie, and with that empowerment today any misfit can confidently walk into any salon and ask for their hair to be cut and dyed in any weird way they feel like by a hairdresser who encourages and respects individuality. This is all done without the bat of an eye lid and makes salons a way more interesting place to visit and work. Now ground control to major tom, that’s progress.

Key Trends From LC:M A/W16


LC:M A/W16

They say he who is tired of London is tired of life, the same applies to it’s biannual menswear fashion event. London Collection: Men has been and gone and every ankle-flashing bearded man of fashion worth his Shoreditch salt was talking about it (well that and Making a Murderer, obvs). As all the folks at the center of menswear now flock together to the continent to see what our Italian and French cousins have to offer on the subject, we have a preview of what the key trends for the stylish gent will be wearing this time next year. Whether your style is a little Alasdhair Willis or more Ali G, there’s something for everyone.


Sleeves like Teen Spirit

Agi & Sam, JW Anderson and Topman all adopted this trend. Think, Kurt Cobain, think a more sophisticated Kevin and Perry, it’s all a tad 90’s slacker. Basically wrists are now overrated. Hide them.




The Tracks (Suit Top) of my Tears

After last season when Burberry included a load of lace in its Menswear collection, you would probably be forgiven for thinking Burberry has played its surprise trump card, but then a red sequins tracksuit top comes gliding down the runway and its wise to remember to expect the unexpected. They used zip up tracksuit tops as a layer in almost all their other looks. The look Nods to Ian Brown and Blur with a big dash of Bowie. Moschino and Grace Wales Bonner also adopted this trend that cements Sportsluxe is still very much a thing. It’s going to be Huge, On your marks, set….




Red Hot

At the risk of sounding like Meryl Streep in The devil Wears Prada, red and greens in an Autumn/Winter collection is hardly groundbreaking, but these are different. (They just are, ok!) Red is certainly not dead and a whole plethora of red hues were all over the collections. From fire engine to burgundy, it was sprinkled all over designers collections including Astrid Anderson and McQueen, who got its red on with it’s military- style jackets.

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Army Green

Spicifiaclly military green. Moschino done cardigans , there was floor length khaki-coloured from father and son designer duo Casely Hayford and other designers showcased bombers, trousers and polo shirts. Fashion has went back onto the trenches.

Casely Hayford

Casely Hayford

Velvet Galore

Velvet is a bit like marmite or a Nicholas Cage movie, you either love or hate it, there’s no in-between. Designers at LC:M, they loved it. Topman went ape with it, Tiger of Sweeden used it as did the classic brands like Chester Barrie, Dunhill and Thomas Pink. Maybe not for popping into Lidl’s.

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The BHA 2015 Winners!

The BHA 2015 Winners!

Monday night saw the biggest and the best of Britain’s hairdressing gathered for the Oscars of hair events: the annual British Hairdressing Awards.

Sponsored by Schwarzkopf, the event took place at London’s exclusive Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane and was hosted by Actor/Comedian/Author and host extraordinaire David Williams.

Some of the winners on the night included Darren Ambrose who took home the British Hairdresser of the Year, Marcus King, of Hooker & Young who won Men’s Hairdresser of the year and Michelle Thompson of The Francesco Group who took home Afro Hairdresser of the year for the second year in a row!

British Hairdresser of the Year Darren Ambrose

The very best work of the very best in the business was showcased and the standard was truly exceptional and cements Britain as a world leader in hairdressing. The awards have been a game changer in the career of many hairdressers for the past 31 years, rewarding excellence and catapulting the professional direction of previous winners.

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After Winning Scottish Hairdresser of the Year three times, Ishoka’s Philip Bell was inducted into The British Hairdressers of the Year Hall of Fame!

AJC were there to ensure the night ran smoothly and that a good night was had by all. We created a #Bhamoments hashtag so attendees could share their favourite moments from BHA’s past and present and we gave away a bottle of champagne to the person with the best! Schwarzkopf also used the hashtag #Bhaselfie after providing each table with a selfie stick. enabling everyone to get snap happy and capture some great moments. The entertainment for the night was provided by last years Xfactor winner Ben Haenow who entertained guests half way through the night.

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The next day there would’ve been a few sore well cut heads following the after party, but there was little rest for the winner as there was an interview with London Live the following day.

It was a nail baiting exciting night and it was fab to see everyone and celebrate afterwards. Massive congratulations to all the winners on the night and we look forward as ever to next year’s nominees and winners.




HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2015

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year

Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

North Western Hairdresser of the Year 

Gary Taylor, Edward & Co., Brighouse, West Yorkshire

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year

Julie Cherry and Collette Fitzpatrick, Shane Bennett Salon, Co. Down

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year

Caroline Sanderson and Claire McIntyre, Ego Hair Design, Inverness

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year

Jill Watkins-Wright, Watkins-Wright Hairdressing, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Southern Hairdresser of the Year

Robert Masciave, Metropolis Hairdressing, Kingston-upon-Thames

Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year

Martin Crean, Mode, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year

Callum Standen-May, The Egg, Norwich

London Hairdresser of the Year

Cos Sakkas, Toni & Guy, Sloane Square.

This is a third win for Cos meaning he will now enter the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame!

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year

Lucie Monbillard, seanhanna, London

Newcomer of the Year

Sophie Springett, Toni & Guy, South Kensington, London

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year

Marcus King, Hooker & Young, Wynyard, Billingham

Afro Hairdresser of the Year

Michelle Thompson, Francesco Group Advanced Academy, Stafford

Artistic Team of the Year

Shane Bennett Salon, Hillsborough, Co. Down

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year

Issie Churcher, HOB Salons, Camden, London

British Hairdresser of the Year

Darren Ambrose


Fellowship Fringe

It was a weekend of hairdressing here in the Capital, with the eagerly anticipated Fellowship Fringe taking place at the Voodoo Rooms, welcoming a sold out audience to witness some of the hairdressing icons of today’s industry.

President Bruno Marc welcomed everyone to a showcase of the creative excellence of The Fellowship and explained the desire “to build and grow our membership.” Alongside Bruno was Errol Douglas MBE, Gillian Solley from Toni&Guy in Edinburgh, Akin Konizi of HOB Salons,Chancellor Karine Jackson, Leslie Hunter from Frances Hunter Hair and Beauty, Colin McAndrew from Medusa and Alan Findlay from Rebel Rebel in Glasgow.The night consisted of live demo by the industry greats, explaining the techniques and skills used to create their chosen look, as well as live interviews with chosen individuals, highlighting their career highs and giving crucial advice to those looking to further the career within the hairdressing industry.Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 11.36.56

The grand finale was a stunning catwalk of all the models and the masters and of course a well deserved party for all!
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Hair Club Live Hits Edinburgh!


Date – Sunday 1st November 2015

Time – 7.30pm

Location – Cabaret Voltaire

The Scots love events in the Capital City, and when it was announced that Hair Club Live was setting up shop the excitement hit a new level.

Cabaret Voltaire was the chosen venue and stylists from all over Scotland including Suzie McGill

and Paddy from Rainbow Room International, Sophie Laidlaw of Wonderland Hair, the Charlie Miller Team and more took to the stage to present their take on current trends.

Each stylist had a maximum of 10 minutes to demonstrate their freestyle skill, with Suzie McGill of Rainbow Room opting for a Buzz Cut on her model Chantal – the crowd were buzzing to say the least! To work under such pressure while demonstrating their creative skills to their fellow peers was a daunting task for some, however all took it in their stride and the support and passion for the industry was unbelievable.

With more events set to hit Scotland in the next few months we say roll on the 2016 events!

The Scottish Style Awards 2015!

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This weekend, AJCPR went to the 10th annual Scottish Style awards, which has become one of the most glittering nights in Scotland’s events calendar. Saturday saw the gathering and shoulder rubbing of the cream of Scotland’s most stylish creatives, including actors, fashion designers, musicians, models and entrepreneurs.

In association with Moet Chandon (insert hangover emoji) and hosted by actrees Sophie Kennedy at Glasgow’s stunning Kelvingrove Gallery, the event is in its 10th year and has become a benchmark for rewarding creative excellence.

The night included a fashion show and the guys at Glasgow’s Rainbow Rooms were backstage working their magic on the models hair, ensuring they all looked fantastic strutting down the catwalk. Some of the evening’s big winners were musician Paolo Nutini who won Most Stylish Male, the model turned nutritionist, Rosemary Ferguson who won Most Stylish Female, Model and Actor Craig McGinlay for Breakthrough star and the Designer of the Year was John Ray for Dunhill. All richly deserved.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 12.20.24Backstage, the models hair was been whipped up by the brilliant guys at The Rainbow Rooms.

There was a LOT of champagne consumed and a lot of fun had by all. The night once again proved that when it comes to talent, Scotland punches above its weight and is a creative force to be reckoned with on an internationally level. A massive congratulations to all the winners! We cannot wait till next year!

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 12.21.00An all round impressive night, we loved it!

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 12.55.16Guests and Nominees were all red carpet style ready!

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And the winners are:

Most Stylish Bar

Kelvingrove Cafe, Glasgow

Most Stylish Restaurant

Hutchesons, Glasgow

Most Stylish Hotel

The Lodge, Loch Goil

Most Stylish Entertainment Venue

The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow

Most Stylish Retailer

Jane Davidson, Edinburgh

Designer of the Year

John Ray for Dunhill

Most Stylish Male

Paolo Nutini, Musician

Most Stylish Female

Rosemary Ferguson, Model and Nutritionist

Most Stylish Band / Musician


Breakthrough Star

Craig McGinlay, Model and Actor


Anna Mary Scott Robbins, Costume Designer

Special Achievement

Sub Club

Outstanding Contribution

Glasgow School of Art

Gone But Not Forgotten

Bryan McMahon

Salon International 2015!




Salon International 2015

Salon International 2015

Salon International 2015


The world’s hair press descended for the annual Salon International trade show in London’s Excel Centre and once again AJCPR was there to hold the reigns and ensure the whole operation ran smoothly without any hiccups, which it of course, it did.


Did someone say squad goals..? The AJC team organising the set up!

Did someone say squad goals..?
The AJC team organising the set up!

Did someone say squad goals..? The AJC team organising the set up!


As the ultimate event for hairdressing professionals, Salon International was never going to be a quiet affair. With hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of visitors and hair entrepreneurs and a year’s preparation and planning, it’s all over in a flash!

A sea of professional brands providing products and services for literally everything with a follicle, to try and buy, filled the exhibition hall. Visitors poured in to see the latest gadgets and deals on offer and the feedback from everyone was fantastic!


The crowds just kept pouring in all weekend!

The crowds just kept pouring in all weekend!

The crowds just kept pouring in all weekend!


There were seminars by industry heavyweights Toni & Guy and Sassoon, and the fantastic live hair show, Rush Live was put on by the big hearted bunch at Rush Hair again where thousands of pounds were raised in aid of Great Ormand Street Hospital. The weekend was also peppered with live on–stand presentations by industry experts, Wahl being a particular crowd pleaser thanks to some breakdancing, shirtless and ab-exposing ‘pensioners’.


The Rush Live show was fantastic!

The Rush Live show was fantastic!

 The Rush Live show was fantastic!

We were mainly based in the press office, which was busy but fun and we were delighted to see a lot of familiar faces and some new ones!

Salon International 2015 was a triumph and we can’t wait until 2016! We hope to see you there!


It was great to meet up with friends again! Here is Rachael with Guy Tang

It was great to meet up with friends again! Here is Rachael with Guy Tang

It was great to meet up with friends again! Here is Rachael with Guy Tang



Steal her style!

Australian model, Fernanda Ly stole the show at Paris Fashion week when she opened for Louis Vuitton as a worldwide exclusive. With Fernanda’s bold look a hit on the runway it’s clear that pastel trends are here to stay.

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‘Pastel shades are here to stay. Fernanda’s playful look is a trend that we keep seeing season after season. It’s a great way for blondes to update their look.’

Chris Williams, International Colour Director at RUSH HAIR

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Bringing back the buzz

Model twins Giulia and Camila Venturini have been the talk of the fashion industry after walking for Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Gucci and Versace. The girls unique look has earned them their supermodel status and really made them stand out from the crowd.


‘We love that we’re seeing less feminine hair on the catwalk. It’s a style statement and Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 14.34.52makes a refreshing change from seeing countless models with long hair on every catwalk. It’s certainly a bold look and not one that we would advise jumping into, why not start the transition by trying out a shorter pixie crop before taking the plunge. Ensure that you have the edges of the fringe extra short along with the edges of your hairline; you can soften this look by teaming it with beige or golden undertones. One thing to remember when going for a buzz cut is that requires more regular maintenance trims, if you’ve got thicker hair you’ll need to have it cut every 3 weeks to keep the shape. Choosing your products is key when working with a such short hair, We would recommend using a clay based product it will give the hair an on trend matte finish. Avoid shine-enhancing products as these can make the hair appear greasy. We’ve seen lots of celebrities try this look out recently; it works best on women with petite facial features like Charlize Thereon and Emma Watson.’

Gary Hooker & Michael Young, British Hairdresser of the Year Nominees


Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 14.34.44It’s great to see models taking a risk, I loved when Charlize Theron shaved her hair off for her role in Mad Max so it’s great to see this look filtering down to the catwalk. Clients tend to shy away from shorter styles as they’re scared that it won’t suit them however I tend to disagree as with slight changes made to the cut, and the way it’s styled you can tailor make a short haircut to suit every individual. Whether that’s a crop or an on trend buzz cut like we’ve seen recently. If you’re feeling extra bold why not add a fashionable pastel twist for a stand out look.’

Anya Dellicompagni, Director of Hairdressing at Francesco Group


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Digital Media at AJC93

At AJC93, we understand the importance of digital media and have been known for our love working with bloggers and vloggers for quite some time. Over the last few years we have built up a great network across the UK and internationally.

Our contacts appreciate the effort we put in to researching their blogs and YouTube channels and the time spent getting to know the type and style of content they are looking to achieve. We always try to work collaboratively so everyone gets what they need and want, including viewers and readers.

We have been lucky enough to work with Carl Thompson, men’s stylist, blogger & YouTuber recently and he has produced some great videos featuring some of our clients

CarlThompsonCarl founded ‘Hawkins & Shepherd’ menswear label back in August 2013 and has quickly become a recognised and respected authority on men’s fashion and grooming. He is part of the renowned StyleHaul network which is the largest global style community of content creators. This means Carl’s videos are viewed by a global audience of style influencers and tastemakers.

This is such an exciting time for communications professionals and we at AJC93 are enjoying being part of it.

Check out the vlogs by Carl featuring our clients here…